Posted: Tuesday September 6, 2005 3:25PM; Updated: Wednesday September 7, 2005 10:12AM
6. D.J. Shockley, QB, Georgia, Sr.
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Last week: 16-of-24 passing, 289 yards, 5 TDs; 5 carries, 85 yards, TD in a 48-13 victory against Boise State
The lowdown: Granted the numbers came against a WAC team that was overrated and out of its element, but Shockley made Dawgs fans forget about David Greene. Shockley was accurate in the pocket and dangerous in the open field, giving Georgia a dimension it did not have with his statuesque predecessor. Shockley's argument for the Heisman, though, will be made against the Tigers, Vols and Gators, not the Broncos.
Up next: Saturday vs. South Carolina
7. Brian Calhoun, RB, Wisconsin, Jr.
Last week: 43 carries, 258 yards, 5 TDs; 1 catch, 39 yards in a 56-42 victory against Bowling Green
The lowdown: Even the NCAA doesn't want to recognize the outrageous performance put up by this shifty 5-foot-10 running back. As of Tuesday, the NCAA's Web site had mistakenly given credit to Badgers defensive lineman Kurt Ware for Calhoun's rushing numbers. As the season goes on, however, Ware -- I mean, Calhoun -- will find Big Ten defenses much stiffer.
Up next: Saturday vs. Temple
8. Chris Leak, QB, Florida, Jr.
Last week: 26-of-34 passing, 320 yards, 3 TDs in a 32-14 victory against Wyoming
The lowdown: Leak looked terrific at times, at one point completing a school-record 17 consecutive passes. He also hooked up with receiver Chad Jackson for three touchdown passes. But the Gators' switch to the spread offense is still a work in progress with bad timing on some pitches and four sacks. "Chris Leak has a lot of work to do," coach Urban Meyer said after the game.
Up next: Saturday against Louisiana Tech
9. Omar Jacobs, QB, Bowling Green, Jr.
Last week: 30-of-51 passing, 458 yards, 5 TDs, INT in a 56-42 loss at Wisconsin
The lowdown: Jacobs won't win any awards with that quick, sidearm throwing motion (unless he's in a contest with Young), but he was well on his way for passing for 600 yards until running back P.J. Pope went out with two sprained ankles, forcing Jacobs to become a one-man gang. Even though his team lost, Jacobs is primed to post meganumbers this year that will be tough for voters to ignore.
Up next: Saturday at Ball State
10. Brad Smith, QB, Missouri, Sr.
Last week: 29-of-37 passing, 317 yards, 4 TDs; 19 rushes, 95 yards in a 44-17 victory against Arkansas State
The lowdown: Now this is the Smith we remember from two years ago. Sure, the performance came against a team that won't sniff the top 70, but at least Smith is showing he can be both a passing and running threat after a uncharacteristic 2004 season. He needs more games like this, and a victory over Texas on Oct. 1 wouldn't hurt, either.